South Mallorca, Spain

Best Time to Visit: Spring (for the Almond blossoms) or Summer.

Note: Northern Mallorca is the beach part of the island which we haven’t visited yet. This post covers the south that contains the largest town Palma de Mallorca and scenic places nearby.

Reasons to Visit:

Weather: Classic Mediterranean island climate which is warm for most of the year and heavy rains Dec – Feb. We plan to do the white sand north Mallorca beaches on a future summer.

Getting In & Around:

  • Palma de Mallorca airport is served by RyanAir and EasyJet from Barcelona and multiple large European cities making it an accessible destination. Buses 1 & 21 take you from the airport to the city centre for 2 Euro.
  • Palma is a very walkable city for the core centre part. A decent bus service does exist if one chooses to use it.
  • Palma also has a convenient transit hub in the city centre just north of Mercat Olivar that has buses to many parts and 3 train routes reaching Sa Poble in the north and Manacor in the east. We’ve used these for our Soller and Binissalem trips.

Food & Drink:

  • Finally, we get to the main event. We’ve already waxed eloquently about Mercat Olivar but it’s now time to get to some specifics.
  • Get a cosy lunch seat at 11:30 before it get completely filled up with the locals. Definitely try the large fried fish stall near the entrance and the oyster stall on the leftmost aisle from the fried fish stall.
  • After a full meal, walk over to the Xarcuteria stalls towards the back and stop by a large corner stall that has staff that speak some English. Try the samples and take back home some Gran Reserva ham to savour.
  • Mallorca is also famous for spreadable chorizo called Sobrasada, the black pig variant is allegedly tastier (we’ve had the regular type). It also travels well.
  • Binissalem has a nice and cozy cafe called Es P’dal which is good for relaxing if you have a few hours to kill before a winery tour.
  • Finally, Soller Port has this amazing paella place (squid ink paella pictured above) which is NOT in the waterside tourist traps and is somewhere near this map reference up a small slope (great views too).

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